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When I was growing up in the 90s, one of my favorite games I probably spent a combined year of playing time on was Heroes Of Might And Magic, a turn-based strategy that you can play for weeks. Since each move lasts as long as you want, it's easy to keep playing whenever you have a free moment (or a block of 5 hours in my case), and the vast number of strategies, heroes, units, and resources provided for almost infinite replay value.

While not exactly HOMM, today I was very excited to see a new game, called Highborn, made by the guys at Jet Set Games, who in turn used to work in Westwood Studios, the company that made equally as infamous Command & Conquer (+ Red Alert) back in the 90s. Highborn is available exclusively in the Amazon Appstore for Android for $0.99 (I bought it instantly), and its iOS variant has already earned high accolades in the gaming community.

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Gameplay

The gameplay is very reminiscent of HOMM with players controlling their forces on a top-down view map, periodically clashing in 3D combats. Like in HOMM, Highborn has hero characters that can be unlocked, trained, and leveled up. Check out the official game description below:

From the creators of the Command & Conquer franchise comes Highborn, a critically acclaimed casual turn-based strategy game.

In Highborn, players are offered two strategy games that combine an intelligent and tactical experience without the frenetic play of a traditional RTS. Players move forces around an overhead map to secure spells and combat support, then dive into 3D combat to deploy those advantages against an unsuspecting enemy. All the fun and fighting is set against an irreverent tale, filled with wacky heroes, witty dialogue, and wild assumptions.

Highborn features a unique blend of strategic movement and 3D combat that caters to a variety of gameplay styles and offers a great deal of replayability. Players unlock hero characters as they progress through the game, giving them access to different abilities and play styles, along with different strategies to use against their opponents.

  • Critically acclaimed casual turn-based strategy game
  • Tale of witty dialogue, wacky heroes, and wild assumptions
  • Unique blend of strategic movement and 3D combat
  • Hero characters with game progression
  • Many styles of play and strategies to use against opponents

Download

The game runs on Android 2.0.1+ and weighs a whopping 44.4MB. Again, don't forget - you won't find it in the Android Market - it's exclusive to the Amazon Appstore.

Ready? Then proceed to the Amazon download link and let us know what you think of the gameplay.

QR code for http://www.amazon.com/Jet-Set-Games-Inc-Highborn/dp/B004RA2E9O

Source: Highborn by Jet Set Games

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • http://canadroid.com BigC_13

    I'm really starting to doubt the Amazon app store, these apps that are now exclusives are now US only, seriously locking down potential buyers. I would have bought this if I could

    • adrian

      I am in US, I bought Xoom in US, only I have European Visa card and I can't buy a thing (even if it is for free) from Amazon market.

    • ari-free

      It took time for google to support all these countries for its market. They have to deal with government regulators with their own peculiar requirements.
      You can't just push a button and poof! We can now sell to Canada!

      • Álmos

        Nobody cares about the lawyer stuff. They should make it happen. End of story.

        • RichF

          Blame worthless government regulators, not Amazon, geez.

      • http://www.zrgiu.com sergiu

        If apple could, Amazon and Google should! Don't give me crap about lawyers and government regulators.

  • Trillion

    I live in Canada, so it's not available for me to purchase :(

  • http://facebook.com/ketchupmakesmeCRINGE Chris

    Good day to be from the United States, go USA!

  • Álmos

    Fuck Amazon, I'll warez every single app that they release exclusively on this shitstore. Including this one. And btw, it sucks.

    • wpfn

      Wow, nerd rage much? lol

  • sansenoy

    Give us King's Bounty mobile already!!! The new one, russian made, not the original...

  • http://www.slipshft.com Slipshft

    I don't like the fact that you can only download on thing at a time. It queues up any other downloads, unlike android market which will download multiple apps at once.

  • http://www.slipshft.com Slipshft

    I did get the game, and it is a nice distraction. A little slow on my Nexus One, but I suspect that is due to my hardware. I could do without some of the pop-up commentary, but it give the game a relaxed feel (not for the serious gamers). As I have known some of the guys from Westwood Studios (when they were here in Vegas), I am biased in my opinion (or more critical). For the price, it is a good game, although I would have liked to try it first (read; demo).

  • Fred

    Why on earth do the game dev want to limit their pool of buyers to Amazon customers in the US?
    The real android market must have more potential buyers. Simple logic, or what am I missing?

    • Sefris

      Amazon gave them a pool of money to make it exclusive. To some developers that's all that matters -_-

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